GISinc Advice for DevSummit First Timers

GISinc Advice for DevSummit First Timers

GISinc Advice for DevSummit First Timers

Published March 2, 2018 by Shannon Prather

Esri’s 2018 Developers Summit is less than a week away. We asked our veteran attendees what their advice would be for anyone attending for the first time. Here’s what our team said:

Get your mind right:

  • Have an idea of what you want to learn: List out 2-3 questions that you want to know the answer to after leaving the session to help you focus. – Christopher Blinn, MS, GISP, Senior Solutions Engineer
  • DO NOT WORK AT ALL!  DO NOT THINK ABOUT WORK – This is hard, but super important. –  Stephanie Lindley, PMP, Technical Architect
  • Don’t kill yourself with sessions, take time to talk with a SME from Esri and others in the industry. – Christopher Blinn, MS, GISP, Senior Solutions Engineer

Get your schedule right:

  • Always have a Plan B for sessions in case they fill up. – Christopher Blinn, MS, GISP, Senior Solutions Engineer
  • Review who from your team goes to which session so you can get good coverage. – Stephanie Lindley, PMP, Technical Architect
  • Plan ahead. – There is more stuff to see and learn than you have time for, so prioritize your interests. – Kevin Bupp, SCJP, Sr Geospatial Developer
  • Know how much time you have to get from place to place and how far it is between each event. Factor those details into your schedule ahead of time so you can fully enjoy the present while you are there. – Kevin Bupp, SCJP, Sr Geospatial Developer

Have some fun: 

  • Don’t miss the dodgeball tournament and party. It is a social event unlike any I’ve ever seen: Beer, foosball, dodgeball, laser tag, beer, jousting, arcade games, music, beer, food, cake, cookies, beer. – Kelly Bigley, Senior Geospatial Developer
  • Play dodgeball! – Tim Johnson, Senior Geospatial Developer
  • Hiking: Palm Springs Museum Trail is easily accessible by walking from downtown and the strenuous hike rewards you with spectacular views of Palm Springs and the Coachella Valley.  – Kelly Bigley, Senior Geospatial Developer
  • Views minus the hike: Palm Springs Aerial Tramway takes you up the San Jacinto Mountain for even better views and possibly even an opportunity to play in the snow. – Kelly Bigley, Senior Geospatial Developer

Eat well, strategically:

  • Traveling in a group? Get to lunch early to grab a table – Kelly Bigley, Senior Geospatial Developer
  • Don’t eat a big lunch – Avoid the afternoon slump. – Christopher Blinn, MS, GISP, Senior Solutions Engineer
  • If you do nothing else while in PS, go to Tyler’s Burgers for lunch. It will change your life. Get there early! . – Chad Cooper, Solutions Engineer

And don’t forget: 

  • Pack your sunglasses and do NOT skip out on the free sunscreen! – Kelly Bigley, Senior Geospatial Developer
  • Most importantly: Have fun! – Christopher Blinn, MS, GISP, Senior Solutions Engineer

 

 

 

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